- PDP rejects results, accuses APC stolen mandate
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has won 15 of the 23 local government chairmanship elections held last Saturday. This was as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected the outcome of the election, which the party won in three local government areas, saying that the APC had stolen its mandate.
The results were announced by the returning officers at the various local government headquarters. Elections were previously cancelled in two local government areas of Jaba and Kaura due to security concerns. In Kagarko Local Government Area, APC polled 65,226 to defeat the PDP, which got 14,658 votes.
The result was announced by the Returning Officer, Chinedu Richard. It was the same situation in Kaduna North Local Government where the returning officer, Umar Hayatu, declared a winner, having polled APC 168,572 while the PDP polled 12,467. In Zaria Local Government, APC won with 42,859 votes against the PDP’s 16,033 votes.
The results from Kubau also showed that APC got 46,535 votes to defeat PDP, which polled 13,898. In the same vein, APC won in Makarfi Local Government, the home local government of former National Caretaker Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Other local governments won by the APC were Jama’a, Soba, Kudan Lere, Ikara, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Kudan, Igabi and Kajuru local councils. The PDP on its part won Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Sanga Local Government Areas.
The results in Chikun, Kaduna South and Sabon Gari Local Governments were yet to be released at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of electoral fraud.
PDP said APC in collaboration with the State Independent electoral commission (SIECOM) had stolen the mandate given to it by the people of the state in the local government election. Addressing a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna, PDP state Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet said the party would soon release its field results of the polls, alleging that returning officers expected to collate the results had disappeared.
Hyet, a former Minister of Aviation, alleged that his party had been shortchanged in the results announced so far in the 15 local government areas of the state. He said PDP party agents had submitted reports and they would follow legal means to address the injustices meted out on them. (New Telegraph)